I came into this 3 day weekend with plans of grandeur. A clean car! Garden! Work out! Cook 100 meals from scratch to freeze!
My lofty expectations have fallen flat. Sleeping in! Multiple naps! Disney channel! Another nap!
The past two days have seen me not move more than a 5 foot radius from my mom’s couch. That’s right, I’m not even being lazy on my own as an adult, I’m doing it from my childhood home.
I get that exhaustion is a side effect of all my crazy health stuff, but this is getting ridiculous. Friday night, I had plans with my best friend. I got to my mom’s later than expected and asked if we could push back our meeting time so I could unwind. Unwinding turned into an episode of Girl Meets World which turned into a nap. I considered asking for a rain check. But I made myself get up, wash my face, and be a real person. 10 minutes later, my fellow sleep-deprived friend calls feeling sick and I get the free pass I wanted to spend the rest of the evening laying on the floor under the guise of “stretching”.
I know I’m still getting back into the swing of things and learning to balance everything – but at some point my will to get out and DO needs to overcome my constant yearning for a nap.
So lovely friends, I need your help. What are your tips for fighting fatigue? I’m up for anything!
I am so tired of listicles. First of all, listicle is hands-down the worst word ever created. I would rather read Kimye wedding blogs for all eternity than see the word listicle ever again. So in the spirit of smalls things that drive us crazy, I present:
The smallest things that can ruin your day
(This is not a listicle)
((Ok it kind of is but I won’t tell if you don’t))
1. Perpetual hangnails.
2. That John Legend song.
3. Not having enough space on your phone to take one measly picture, but then when you delete one picture in an eye-for-an-eye fashion, there is still not enough room. 107 deleted pictures and a trashed app later, you’re finally golden.
4. People who turn left.
5. The stress of assembling exact change.
6. Salad dressing spills.
7. The extreme, burning heat generated by your laptop when atop your lap.
8. Non-Halloween incarnations of candy corn.
9. Vindictive parking tickets.
10. Expired links.
11. Nail polish chips.
12. Alternate spellings.
13. Running out of hot water mid-shampoo.
14. That point between spring and summer when it’s too early for air conditioning.
15. Sneaky dryer sheets.
16. Missed calls from an unknown number with no voicemail.
Sometimes I feel like words shouldn’t exist. You know how when you’re trying to spell something or you say someone’s name over and over and it starts to sound completely ridiculous? Bethany. Bethany. Bethany. Bethany. Beth – any? Beth-an-y? BETHANY??? What is this?? Who would put these letters together and say they are a thing? Was there some tribal council of word makers who would randomly pick scrabble letters from a bag and arrange them into words? And why can’t we just agree to allow proper nouns in Scrabble?
I spent some time this weekend playing around with logos. I had made one for myself a zillion years ago in a design class, but I really never used it. I think it’s fairly obnoxious for me to have my own logo when I don’t do anything logo worthy. (FYI logo worthy activities include cereal production and saving the rainforest). I do use a stylized signature in my personal emails, but I don’t get super fancy. As I continue my re-entry (apparently I am a space shuttle) into blogging, I’m trying to figure out exactly what I’m writing and why and I think it helps to develop my identity in a visual way (cue makeover sequence to pop song). ((GOD I LOVE PARENTHESIS)).
Am I using this blog to be funny? Or to talk about marketing? Or all the dogs? Or to share pointless life updates and lists that no one cares about? That, my friends, is what I am hoping to figure out.
So anyway here is what I’ve been working on:
I just love orange and purple together. I think the combo sums me up pretty well – orange is bright, creative, and friendly while purple is quiet, contemplative, and emotional. Birds are my jam and busting out of the cage is my take on thinking outside the box.
+ Manufacturing stickier DVD labels
+ Sneaking meat into vegetarian dishes
+ Making campaign calls for tea partiers
+ Mislabeling clothing to be too small
+ Creating ridiculous wifi passwords
+ Stealing credit card numbers to make tiny indisputable purchases
+ Running an army of Twitter bots
+ Igniting border disputes
+ Egging on the neighborhood dogs’ 3am barking
+ Causing traffic jams
+ Tearing the legs off starfish
+ Aiding in the disappearance of single socks
+ Stealing all the chopsticks from sushi restaurants
+ Putting out one Christmas light on a 500 bulb strand
+ Producing sequels to awful movies
+ Stepping on sidewalk cracks
+ Picking scabs
+ Using up all the hot water
+ Selling email addresses to spammers
+ Never picking up dog poop
+ Turning every penny heads-down
+ Tricking people into forgetting to cancel their free trials
+ Making wine with an ABV under 5%
+ Creating a paper cut epidemic
+ Hiding keys
+ Writing theater reviews
+ Selling expired dairy products
+ Freezing mobile applications
+ Encouraging unsubstantiated bitching
+ Poking holes in Capri Sun straws
+ Activating the check engine light
+ Never replacing the toilet paper
+ Writing Nickelback songs
+ Underestimating the dietary needs of goldfish
Anything with animals cracks me up. And Suri making fun of celebrity children is hilarious.
Pinterest or Facebook? Why?
Pinterest. It makes my OCD self happy (categorized visual bookmarks!!) and I’ve made a ton of awesome recipes I found on the site, most recently the amazingly delicious Chocolate Peanut Butter Awesome Bars!
Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Twitter! I enjoy it because it’s a lot more interactive than Instagram: I’ve made long-distance friends and had some amazing conversations while tweeting! PS you can follow me @ictine 🙂
Favorite youtube video…post it!
This video reminds me sooo much of my own dog. It’s adorable and hilarious.
Biggest online pet peeve?
I hate when people complain constantly on twitter or facebook or their blogs. I know I’m guilty of complaining a little, but I always try to do it in a humorous way.
I officially need to pre schedule all of my link up blog posts because I am just never around the day of! I did have a legit excuse this weekend though, I was in the lovely city of Pittsburgh helping my brother move into his new apartment. Specifically, I spent Sunday moving his friends heavy couches up 8 twisty flights of stairs and cooking 100 meals for all the boys. Have I mentioned I’m the BEST sister?
What were you like in Middle School/HS? (pictures)
I was weird. I mean, I’ve always been weird. I was really shy and quiet and only came out of my shell with my best friends or onstage or at work where I ran birthday parties for kids. I was always super busy between 30 hours a week of dance class, play rehearsals, choir practice, color guard, working, teaching Sunday school, and fitting in time for friends. I read a ton and saved up my money to see Broadway shows. I loved doing things for my friends – throwing surprise parties and making creative gifts and silly parodies.
What were your favorite past times?
Performing, in any aspect. Even if it was just re-enacting a funny incident for friends. I loved being onstage – acting, singing, and dancing. I was the first student to ever be in all four plays and all four musicals in high school. When I wasn’t performing or rehearsing, I loved going on crazy adventures with my friends. We used to have dance parties in the Dairy Queen parking lot where one of my friends worked. We had crazy themed parties (ChristmaHannaBirthdayka) and went to all the dances and school functions together. We also spent weekends playing card games and hot tubbing. I loved my job, even though it was pretty crazy running birthday parties for 30 five year olds. I loved being creative and acting like a kid. I also liked teaching Sunday school – my class was four and five year olds and they were so adorable. Traveling was my biggest passion and I was so lucky to go to places like Hawaii, Mexico, and Europe throughout middle school and high school. I also spent lots of summer weekends on the lake boating, tubing, and water skiing with friends.
What songs were you obsessed with? (Backstreet Boys anyone?)
My best friends and I had a whole dance routine to Mambo Number Five which we HAD to perform every time we heard it. I also loved B*witched, N*Sync, Britney, Chrisina, and LFO. I spent most of high school listening to Broadway soundtracks: Les Mis, Aida, Rent, The Apple Tree, The Drowsy Chaperone, Chicago, Spring Awakening, 42nd Street, and many, many more.
What fashion statement do you look back on and cringe?
My middle school/high school style wasn’t too bad, but back in 5th grade I decided I was too cool for jeans and refused to wear them. This resulted in a lot of black sporty striped pants paired with nice tops. Yikes.
Who was your celeb crush?
I didn’t really have celeb crushes. Instead I pined over boys at school who I would never actually have the courage to talk to. I was super cool.
What were your favorite tv shows/movies?
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (and everything Audrey), White Christmas, The Charlie’s Angels movies, Spice World, Blue Crush, Finding Nemo, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
TV I was obsessed with Everwood, Friends, and TGIF